“If they’re going to let us play after midnight, they should let us practice and train after midnight.”

Dan Mullen is standing at the crossroads of broadcast demands and NCAA rules and isn’t happy with the view.

The Bulldogs open at Southern Miss with a 9 p.m. local time kickoff on Sept. 5. The next week, they host LSU with an 8:15 p.m. kick.

“The schedule changes how we prepare because we play at, like, midnight every kickoff. It is hard,” Mullen said. “Our first two games, you expect they’ll still be going on past midnight, which is kind of ridiculous. But that’s just the way it is.

“That will change how we prepare closer to game week, because I’m usually asleep by then. I’ve got to be rocking and rolling in the fourth quarter. Our guys aren’t used to physically performing.”

You’d best plenty of rest, big fella.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, The NCAA

8 responses to ““If they’re going to let us play after midnight, they should let us practice and train after midnight.”

  1. BMan

    Don’t worry Dan. Slip up a few times this year and they’ll have you back at noon kickoffs next season.


  2. Noonan

    When I was in college, staying up late was not difficult. It was normal.


  3. Macallanlover

    What a crack of whine from Mullen. It might be the only time his program gets many CFB fans to watch the play. Of course, after last year’s collapse exposed the two Mississippi schools as pretenders, perhaps he wants to remain incognito. Thanks ESPN for driving the “West” meme to promote the Oxford Gameday, we ended up with both in the Top 5 when they were closer to mid teens, at best.

    I would gladly trade for more of of those those night time kickoffs in Athens for any home game before November.


  4. Sanford222view

    I get his point about training in game time conditions but really? Last I checked the rule is the same for his opponent. Miss St. isn’t going to lose to Southern Miss or LSU because of this. They will lose because they were outplayed and didn’t deal with the situation as well as their opponent. Quit yer bitchin’!


  5. FisheriesDawg

    Having been to Starkville, Mississippi, I believe I can understand why nobody who lives there is used to being up at midnight.


  6. Dog in Fla

    The threat areas in the weather system encircling Dan’s head show a few gusty thunderstorms possible across the upper Gulf Coast with widespread thunderstorm activity and drenching rainfall continuing across Georgia and Florida resulting in areas of flash flooding over already saturated ground


  7. Hey Dan, you know the really cool thing is that the other team is having the same problem. Coach through it.


  8. AusDawg85

    Well at least someone’s thinking about the welfare of the children.